Team Autotrader driver Brad Keselowski is the hottest driver in the sport. Sunday’s win at Martinsville was the first of his career, after 15 starts at the smallest track in NASCAR, known as “The Paperclip.” It was also the first time a Ford won at Martinsville since 2002, a total of 28 races.
“Martinsville is just one of those champion’s tracks,” said Keselowski after the win. “The guys that run well everywhere run well here, and it’s really just an honor to win here and get to compete here.”
The #2 Autotrader car has been near the top of every race. Through six races, BK has two wins and five top-5 finishes.
What makes his win even more impressive is that after a speeding penalty on pit road during yellow-flag caution on lap 72 that dropped him to 29th place, BK moved through the entire field on one of NASCAR’s most difficult tracks to secure first place and an eventual win.
The BK machine was at its best late in what became a two-car race. Keselowski and Kyle Busch battled for first place for about 60 laps at the end of the race, swapping paint and racing hard. The race featured 14 cautions, more than the total (13) at both races last season.
With 43 laps left, Keselowski overtook Busch for good and won the race by 1.8 seconds, a large margin at a track known for close quarters and difficult passes.
“A lot of people don’t know this, but those clocks are built in my hometown in Rochester Hills, Michigan,” said Keselowski about the famed Grandfather clock awarded to the winning driver at Martinsville. “It’s cool to get one of them from back home. I have one as a truck owner, but not as a driver, so I’m glad to bring one back as a driver.”